HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Two consecutive nights, two consecutive victories.
Exactly one night after capturing a home triumph over Hannan, the Ohio Valley Christian School boys basketball team found enough fuel in the tank to win its semifinal tilt on Friday night — as part of the annual Covenant Christian Christmas Tournament.
The Defenders outscored Grace Christian 31-25 in the second half — and broke a 23-23 halftime tie to defeat the Soldiers 54-48.
OVCS outscored Grace Christian 13-9 in the opening quarter, before the Soldiers reversed course and won the second stanza 14-10.
OVCS edged the Soldiers 13-12 in the third frame, before amassing 18 points to Grace’s 13 in the final period.
With the win, the Defenders raised their record to 4-2 —and advanced to Saturday’s (Dec. 17) CCCT championship bout against Cross Lanes Christian.
The Defenders defeated CLCS inside the OVCS gym on Dec. 8, storming out to a 27-7 advantage — en route to winning 63-54.
The loss left Grace Christian with a mark of 2-3.
Hollis Morrison and Elijah McDonald paced Ohio Valley Christian with 17 and 15 points respectively, while Justin Beaver netted nine points.
Morrison and McDonald made three three-pointers apiece, as Morrison managed seven total field goals and McDonald five.
Beaver buried three field goals and 3-of-4 free throws, while McDonald made 2-of-4 — part of a team 8-of-13.
Austin Ragan recorded seven points, Andrew Dub dropped in four, and Nate Dub had two to round out the Defenders’ scoring.
The Defenders drained half of their dozen three-point attempts, and shot 14-of-40 for 35-percent from inside the arc.
Despite being outrebounded 35-28, OVCS held the Soldiers to only 4-of-19 (21-percent) from long range.
Grace Christian also shot only 2-of-5 free throws, as Andrew Dub was 2-of-2 and Ragan 1-of-3.
McDonald also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Beaver boarded seven.
McDonald dished out three assists and made off with four steals, while Beaver and Ragan racked up five thefts apiece.
Grace Christian was led by Adam Childers with 16 points, followed closely by Eli Foster with 11.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106